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12 dogs left at house in Harlem

A Columbia County woman was cited Monday with 12 counts of failure to care for and maintain animals after a Thursday incident in which authorities say a dozen dogs were left in an abandoned Harlem house.

Authorities have cited Linda Stone, the owner of the abandoned home. Officials say Ms. Stone now lives in Grovetown.

The abandoned dogs were found at the house June 28 after a worker with a utility company heard the animals inside the residence. Authorities say power had been cut off, there was no food for the animals and feces was six inches deep on the floor.

The dogs had skin and other health problems. Ten have been euthanized. One, which officials say bit a Columbia County Animal Care and Control officer, has been quarantined.

Officials learned of a 12th dog Monday after the home's owner said she returned and found the animal, which had apparently been hiding when officials were there Thursday.

Pam Tucker, Columbia County's emergency services director, said additional charges are pending in the case.

2 men in masks rob station at gunpoint

A North Augusta gas station was robbed by two men in ski masks Sunday night, a North Augusta Public Safety report said.

The clerk told police the men entered the Circle K on Atomic Road and one of the men pointed a silver handgun at her. The men demanded money and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Valve work to disrupt water service tonight

The Augusta Utilities Department will be installing a valve on Washington Road tonight and Wednesday that will disrupt water service from Bertram Road to Berckman Road and Stanley Drive, according to a news release.

The disruption will begin at 11 p.m. today and last until 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Anyone with questions can call the Augusta Utilities Department at (706) 842-3060.

Gang-related graffiti found on buildings

Police are investigating four incidents of gang-related graffiti that were found Sunday afternoon, Richmond County Lt. Tony Walden said.

The graffiti was painted on buildings in the 800 and 1000 blocks of Laney Walker Boulevard, and a vacant building on Pine Street.

The total damage is estimated to be about $500, the report said.

Woman, 29, is killed in car, truck collision

A 29-year-old North Augusta woman was killed in Aiken County about 8 a.m. Monday when the vehicle she was driving collided with a truck.

Maria Rosa Rivas was pronounced dead at the scene by the Aiken County coroner.

Lance Cpl. Bob Beres, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, said the truck driver, James Johnson, was traveling east on Sudlow Lake Road when a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier made a left turn in front of him.

"(Ms. Rivas) was turning left from Old Sudlow Lake Road onto Sudlow Lake Road when she was struck," Lance Cpl. Beres said.

Coroner Tim Carlton said toxicology results are pending.

Aiken Tech raises its tuition for next year

Aiken Technical College full-time students can expect to pay an extra $54 in tuition this fall, officials said.

The increase is about 3.5 percent based on the 2006-2007 base tuition. Out-of-state students can expect to pay an extra $144. Fall semester begins Aug. 20.

SRS seeks mentors in engineering contest

The Washington Savannah River Corporation's annual Future City Competition for area schools is in need of engineers to be mentors. Engineers work with teams in schools to construct a city for the future for a national competition.

Contact regional coordinator Bonnie Toole for more information at (803) 952-8720 or visit www.futurecity.org.

23-year-old arrested in purse-snatching

Aiken authorities arrested a 23-year-old Alabama man Friday and charged him with snatching a woman's purse in the parking lot of a local grocery store.

James Paul Dillard is in jail on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault and battery.

According to an incident report, Mr. Dillard approached a woman in the Food Lion parking lot on Richland Avenue and took her purse. The victim was cut on her arm when she tried to hang on to her purse.

The incident report states that Mr. Dillard fled in a white truck. A witness followed him to the BP gas station at the corner of Richland Avenue and University Parkway where he was arrested by police.

Discounted tickets on sale for country show

Tickets for the Aug. 4 Army Concert Tour show featuring country star Joe Nichols and Alabama band lead vocalist Randy Owen will be on sale at a more than 50 percent discount tonight at Barton Field during Fort Gordon's Independence Day Celebration.

The first 100 buyers tonight can get tickets for $9.95. After tonight, tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate.

County places bins to drop off phone books

Columbia County officials have placed five recycling bins for old telephone books at various locations.

Drop-off sites, initiated by Keep Columbia County Beautiful and Waste Management, are at the front parking lot of the Evans Government Center, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive; and these four Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue station locations - 3910 Desoto Drive in Martinez, 703 Furys Ferry Road, 4590 Oakley Pirkle Road and 2264 William Few Parkway.

The bins will be available until the end of August. For more information, call (706) 312-7191 or send an e-mail to sadkins@columbiacountyga.gov.

Alzheimer's group plans Memory Walk

The Alzheimer's Association is recruiting teams and individuals to participate in Memory Walk 2007 that takes place Nov. 3 at Lake Olmstead. The first 75 team captains or individual walkers to register before July 13 will be invited to the July 18 official kick-off luncheon at Outback Steakhouse. To register or for more information, call (706) 731-9060 or visit www.alz.org/georgia.

- From staff reports

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pofwe
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pofwe 07/03/07 - 05:10 am
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The article about the purse

The article about the purse snatching doesn't say how the victim resisted & actually got into the bed of the pick-up to defend her possessions. This gave bystanders time to get a tag number & apprehend the low-life. The police keep telling victims to "give it up," "don't fight back" ... hoo-ey foo-ey! Rape victims are told to fight & scream, I agree. Robbery victims should fight & scream too. Don't roll over & play dead.

Truth Be Told In Bold
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Truth Be Told In Bold 07/03/07 - 05:36 am
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however, one must be careful.

however, one must be careful. The graveyards are inhabited by many who decided a few worldly possessions were worth it.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/03/07 - 06:07 am
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If you face a gun or knife,

If you face a gun or knife, roll over and play dead. Otherwise, make them earn everything they steal.

lilmace
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lilmace 07/03/07 - 06:22 am
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The woman who abandoned her

The woman who abandoned her dogs should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Animals depend on their owners for food, shelter, and care the same as children. Before some blast me for that comment, let me say that pets to some of us are precious and are cared for appropriately. Before abandoning your pet to suffer as they starve call your animal control-euthanization is better than starvation and if your know of an animal being abused call your local authorities.

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mpbcw 07/03/07 - 06:27 am
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In refenence to the recycle

In refenence to the recycle bins for telephone books in Columbia County. There is more to Columbia County than the Martinez and Evans area. The remainder of Columbia County has old telephone books also.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 07/03/07 - 07:24 am
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Since when are abandoned

Since when are abandoned animals part of an emergency services director's job? Have they just decided that Pam Tucker is the spokesperson for all things Columbia County? Why did she have to make a comment? Shouldn't they talk to the Animal Control director or Law enforcement instead?

Vulcan_Rider
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Vulcan_Rider 07/03/07 - 07:46 am
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I would think they got a

I would think they got a comment from Pam Tucker, because of the hazard. If the poop, is indeed 6 inches deep, that is a major health risk to the folks near that house. Not to mention the smell.

lilmace
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lilmace 07/03/07 - 07:57 am
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Augusta Voter, why does it

Augusta Voter, why does it matter who made the comment? The main issue is the abuse of the animals and the danger of a health risk.

gnx
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gnx 07/03/07 - 07:58 am
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One of the issues with

One of the issues with Columbia County animal control is, sadly enough, if you call them to surrender your own animal they'll charge you $35 per animal. Many people who can no longer afford their animals don't have that kind of money, so will simply abandon them. I think it's sad the county will insist on charging the money and they should amend their procedures to where they will accept animals without requiring a fee from those who can no longer afford it in order to help those poor animals who will otherwise be abandoned. Heaven knows we pay enough taxes in Columbia County - the county could easily allocate an extra dollar or two per household from their precious tax funds to the animal control department to help offset the cost of taking in animals from those who cannot afford to pay the fee.

lilmace
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lilmace 07/03/07 - 09:11 am
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I agree that if people cannot

I agree that if people cannot afford to feed their animals they cannot afford to pay for animal to be picked up. In this county they do not charge to drop an animal at the shelter, only if you adopt the animal is there a fee. Many of your local stores will donate bags of dog food that have been opened and it is too much trouble to send them back for credit. I have notified animal control numerous times of a starving animal and they pick up the poor animal an take them th the pound. The latest was a dog that had been found sitting beside a stop sign for days as if waiting for the owner to return and get him. We fed the poor thing until animal control could pick the dog up. He must have been a loyal dog to wait in the hot sun for someone to reappear and get him.

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Rose 07/03/07 - 10:55 am
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lilmace, that is called

lilmace, that is called unconditional love. No matter how bad some treat their pets, they will still love their owner. I just can't understand how anyone can be mean to an animal.

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 07/03/07 - 11:42 am
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There is NO excuse for

There is NO excuse for locking those dogs up in a house and leaving them to die. That woman's photo should be plastered on the front page of the paper with the story. Then people would be able to spot her in public and tell her what a horrible, horrible person she truly is.

lilmace
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lilmace 07/03/07 - 01:15 pm
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Someone convicted of animal

Someone convicted of animal cruelty or abuse should be convicted of a felony and sentenced to work in an animal shelter as a condition of their sentence. If the person does not fulfill their community service, treat it as a probation violation and sentence them to a PDC for the same amount of time to be spent working at the animal shelter. Before anyone tells me that the prison system is overloaded with the real criminals, isn't this person a criminal? If a person would treat a defenseless pet this way, I wonder how they treat their children.

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 07/03/07 - 03:56 pm
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OK....Does anyone know why

OK....Does anyone know why there are no receptacles for old phone books to be recycled in the Harlem or Grovetown area? Grovetown with population nearing l0,000 certainly can contribute to the recycling and I'm sure they can find a business or govt. agency in either town that will let them leave a bin. C'mon, give our end a chance....and give us a break.

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bartmaverick 07/03/07 - 04:13 pm
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In reference to the story of

In reference to the story of the lady charged with animal cruelty: I happen to know the lady in question, and it was never her intention to be cruel to the animals. She was trying to keep them out of the animal shelter because she feared they would be put to death. Things spiraled out of control due to a series of setbacks. There was never enough money for spaying and neutering so that they would stand a better chance at adoption.
In the end, it was like having a tiger by the tail...hold on or let go, you're still going to get eaten. She felt she had made a commitment to the dogs and couldn't bring herself to take them to the shelter.
I think it worth noting that she did not just abandon them. She did take them food and water. When the animal control people arrived, the dogs had consumed the day's rations which would have been replenished.
I'm not saying the situation hadn't gotten out of control, I'm just saying there is more to it than what is reported in the media, and that the lady in question is not cruel to animals. It was just a bad judgment call.

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Rose 07/03/07 - 04:30 pm
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So anyone who does not

So anyone who does not provide properly for their pets, it ia a bad judgement call? I call it a crime. period.

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wildcountrygirl37 07/03/07 - 05:36 pm
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If you can't take care of

If you can't take care of animals there is no need to even have them. That was uncalled for that is neglection. I agree with Rose it is a crime.

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Name_Withheld 07/03/07 - 05:54 pm
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There are people who beat

There are people who beat their animals to death with bricks, set them on fire while they’re alive, and do a whole host of terrible, torturous things too heart-breaking contemplate.

What happened here is bad but it is NOT the same thing.

There is a big difference between someone who needs help and someone who’s outright cruel. She admitted fault. When she found a dog had been overlooked, she voluntarily turned it in. It sounds like she’s taking responsibility for her actions.

I have little doubt the dogs would have probably been gassed if she had turned them in to the pound to begin with so where's the motivation? And how about the cowards who dumped the dogs the first place, they get off scott free?

I’m curious how many the people commenting above have ever donated money to the Columbia Humane Society? Spent a weekend handing out pamphlets on the importance of spaying & neutering your pets? Fostered an animal for a rescue organization? Regularly volunteer at your local animal shelter?

Just for a change, why don't you get down off your high horses and help solve the problem instead of just mouthing off about it?

Signed,
An Animal Rescue Volunteer

lilmace
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lilmace 07/03/07 - 06:06 pm
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Rose, I agree with your

Rose, I agree with your entire post. What this person did is a crime in my book, no matter what her excuse is. When she saw the situation spiraling out of control she could have possibly gotten help from somewhere if only she had admitted she was in over her head. I feel you will agree with me concerning an animals welfare. I have had a hard time in the past but my animals never suffered. I would go without to make sure that my dogs saw a vet if need be. Just because you cannot afford to have an animal spayed is no excuse. Gor Name Withheld, we often buy 50 lb. bags of food for our local shelter. I ahve fostered animals, I have picked up animals beside he road and gotten the animal back in shape before turning him/her over to the local shelter. The county does not allow anyone to volunteer at the shelter because the animals are taken care of by inmates at the county correctional institute. I am not on my high horse I am just committed to taking care of animals. How can you as a Animal Rescue Volunteer uphold what this woman did?

lilmace
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lilmace 07/03/07 - 06:19 pm
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Excuse the errors, I was in a

Excuse the errors, I was in a hurry to get this posted.

TCB22
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TCB22 07/03/07 - 09:42 pm
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Active Voter - Pam Tucker is

Active Voter - Pam Tucker is the director of the emergency services division and animal control is one of the departments in her division. Linda Fulmer reports to her.

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